Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Best Centre for the Blind - Arusha, Tanzania
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-703 Location: Arusha, Tanzania Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 3 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Teaching assistant volunteers are required to help alongside the current teacher at the center. There is currently only one teacher at the center as the organization could only afford to hire one teacher as they don't have a enough funding to pay to hire more. The kids that they are teaching they are the kids of the blind parents at the center and also the kids from the neighborhood.

They only have one small class where all the children use as a classroom and they have shift of the kids some comes in the morning and when they leave they have other children come in so they alternate one classroom.

The volunteer duties will include helping teach them numbers, alphabet, drawing, songs, English and writing as well as math for primary level. They will use simple methods to present the classes to the kids to insure the children have a good understanding.

Teaching assistant volunteers will also help with lesson planing. This will be done together with the current teacher. Volunteers will also assign the children with homework and follow up with corrections.

The organization will expect the volunteer to also help with any other extra work that may be required around the center. As the teacher does speak a lot of English the volunteer can also help out teaching English and working with the teacher to improve her skills.

Volunteer Tasks Required


Executing the lesson plans in the youngest classes where the children are aged 4-6. Lessons should focus on basic counting skills, alphabet, drawing, reading pictures as well as enhancing English language abilities.

Lessons Planning

Assist teachers in putting together stimulating lessons for the children and ensuring there is cohesion between lessons from day to day. This will also include helping to asses the levels the children are currently working at.

Playing Games

The volunteer will spend time playing with the children during their break time, and they can do different games that they already know or teach them new ones as the children really enjoy learning new games.

Converstational English Practice

The volunteer will be working with the kids to help them practice their English language skills. The teacher will include in the timetable dedicated time for the volunteer to work with the children practising their conversational English.

Host Organization Details

Best Centre for the Blind

Best Centre for the Blind was founded with the mission of increasing the ability of blind people in Tanzania to have a future where they are able to rely on themselves, become educated and gain employment, rather than living a life on the streets. The Best Centre for the Blind provides support to blind people in terms of accommodation and pre-school education for the children of the blind.

The organization assists blind people in the making of hand crafts, as well as providing life-skills classes such as education around health topics including HIV/AIDS and family planning. Another topic is business planning, as well as informative discussions on the dangers that may occur when begging on the streets.

Per day, the centre helps approximately 27 blind people who are able to reside there. The centre has expanded greatly over the past few years and they are able to provide double room accommodation for the people who stay. Thus, at the same time, in some cases, help them learn to live independently.

In the future, the centre hopes to continue to expand to include an area for organic farming and communal cooking. They also hope to bring in organizations to train the blind in more specific skills and to educate them so that they can begin to generate income for themselves.

When They Were Founded

This center was founded by Geofrey Komba in 2004 and registered as an NGO in 2007. Geofrey had previously been working in a Monastery as a monk where he had first been exposed to working with people with disabilities. He felt so passionately about this work he knew he needed to continue assisting and teaching persons with disabilities, specifically the blind.

Who They Work With

The blind People community in Arusha town.

How Are They Funded

Funding for the Best Centre for the Blind comes from different friends of the organization and other private donors. A substantial amount comes from a Swiss family.

Donation Requests

Donations of food (a variety can easily be bought from local markets and delivered to them), clothing for children and adults, shoes for children and adults, White Cane sticks, Braile machine, Braile stylus and plate, books written in Braile for children, teens and adults and/or a Goalball,(a ball that makes sounds as it moves so they can hear the sound and understand where the ball is when playing), would be greatly appreciated at this organization.

Placement Location Information

Arusha, Tanzania

The Best Centre for the Blind is located just outside of town, off of the main highway which goes from Arusha to both Nairobi and Moshi. Although the centre is set off of the highway on a dirt road, it is only a short walk to local fruit and convenience shops. It is also only a 5-10 minute walk into town from the centre.

The centre itself is made up of several different rooms, each about 4 x 6 ft. There are also four outhouses to be shared by everyone at the centre. There is no electricity, or running water, so all water is pumped from a well. They have also recently constructed three new brick buildings which will, when complete, function as houses for families.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From Basecamp Center, take a daladala to the Njiro roundabout. From the roundabout you turn right to walk up towards the Moshi highway. When you reach the highway, turn left to walk towards the Mount Meru Hotel. When you have reached the hotel, cross the street and walk up the road until reaching the center.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 6km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:40

Weather in the Area

Despite its closeness to the equator, Arusha's elevation of 1400 mm on the southern slopes of Mount Meru keeps temperatures down and alleviates humidity. Cool dry air is prevalent for the majority of the year. The temperature ranges between 13 and 30 degrees Celsius with an average of around 25 degrees.

Arusha has distinct wet and dry seasons and experiences an eastern prevailing wind from the Indian Ocean, a couple of hundred miles east. Highest average rainfall occurs in March, April and May.

City/Village Description

The city of Arusha has an estimated population of around one million people and sits at the foot of Mount Meru. Mount Meru is the fifth highest peak in Africa; it is a few hundred meters shorter than Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa and encompasses three volcanic cones; Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira (don't worry, they're not active!)

Arusha is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscape on the planet. With easy access to the Arusha National Park, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park there is never a shortage of things to do!

Arusha is considered to be one of the best African cities when it comes to great weather and tourism combined.

Arusha is a busy industrial and administrative centre. Some of the main manufacture products include textiles, beverages, processed foods, plastics and electronic equipment. It is well known for the African Congress Centre and the International Tribunal for the Rwandan Genocide.

Nearest Medical Clinic

AICC Hospital
Old Moshi Road
TEL 1: 0744299381
TEL 2: 2544113

Placement Address

Best Centre for the Blind

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Tanzania at our BaseCamp Center in Ngaramtoni - Arusha. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Tanzania. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Tanzania you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Tanzania

BaseCamp Tanzania
BaseCamp Tanzania Address

Nelson Mandela Road
Kijenge Ya Chini Mt. Meru Gas Station
Ngaramtoni - Arusha, Tanzania

BaseCamp Tanzania Contact Details

Tel: 255 719 177 084
Mobile: 255 754 683 347

BaseCamp Tanzania is located in the Kijenge area of Arusha. The centre is located just a few minutes from the famous Clock-Tower and many amenities such as banks, internet cafes and international calling centres. You can also find some great local markets selling everything from fresh fruit and fish, to beautiful wooden carvings and amazing East African paintings! Arusha is a comfortable place to live with many of the conveniences of home, while still allowing travellers to experience the African way of life.

BaseCamp Tanzania is set up with a number of dormitory style rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. The house has a large covered balcony on the main floor with a spectacular view! There is also a large common room on the lower level with a small resource centre containing books, magazines, movies, games and other African publications. Outside is a beautiful lawn and garden that overlooks the city and is an ideal setting to catch up on email, review some Swahili or just enjoy a quiet afternoon. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotating schedule of a variety of traditional dishes from around the country. This allows volunteers to try a wide range of Tanzanian dishes and to gain some knowledge of the food served and meal etiquette before living with a host family. For those who stay on in BaseCamp, the 14 day schedule allows for lots of variety.

BaseCamp Tanzania is also the training and orientation centre. Each day volunteers will spend part of the day in lectures or workshops at BaseCamp and part of the day exploring the city and learning how to get around comfortably on their own.

Living With a Host Family in Tanzania

Living with a host family in Tanzania is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Tanzania.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Tanzania

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates


The following is a list of all months during which this placement is not available.

  • April
  • August
  • December

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020 Oct 02, 2020
Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020 Jan 01, 2021
Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021 Apr 02, 2021
May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 2021 Jul 02, 2021
Aug 06, 2021 Sep 03, 2021 Oct 01, 2021
Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021 Jan 07, 2022
Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022
May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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